US Supreme Court to Consider Affirmative Action Case
Yesterday, the US Supreme Court indicated that it would hear a case, Fisher v. University of Texas, involving affirmative action at the University of Texas at Austin. The case, brought by Abagail Fisher, a Caucasian student claiming to have been denied admissions on account of her race, could "eliminate diversity as a rationale sufficient to justify any use of race in admission decisions," according to the New York Times.
The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit previously ruled in favor of the University of Texas, indicating that the university had not violated the civil or constitutional rights of the plaintiffs. In 2003 freeline skates, the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Grutter v. Bollinger to prohibit public colleges and universities from using a points system in admissions decisions to increase minority admissions but that the schools could account for race in other ways to promote diversity.
Justice Elena Kagan, having worked on the case during her term as solicitor general, has disqualified herself from hearing the case.
Media Resources: Associated Press 2/22/12; New York Times 2/21/12
The following is a statement by our Founder and President, Eleanor Smeal, on the events in Ferguson, Missouri.
The Feminist Majority Foundation calls for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a thorough, unbiased investigation into the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson.
The killing of Michael Brown and the blundered, militarized response by law enforcement to the call for justice is a tragic reminder that in many African American communities across the nation, the police themselves can be a threat.
Given the distrust of the police by the local African American community, the close ties between the St. . . .